NASCAR events to cause traffic changes near RIR

Published: Sep. 8, 2016 at 12:29 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2017 at 8:19 PM EDT
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - As NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway this weekend, drivers can expect heavy traffic and delays.

The Xfinity series race begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday; the green flag drops for the Sprint Cup race at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The main traffic issues will be on Saturday between 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and then again from 9:30 p.m .to 2 a.m. Sunday, says the Henrico Police Department, which will provide traffic updates on its Twitter and Facebook pages.

The following traffic patterns will be in place on Saturday during peak hours:

  • Carolina Avenue between Laburnum and Azalea avenues will be one-way outbound after the race. Access to businesses along Carolina Avenue will be maintained from Laburnum Avenue.
  • Richmond-Henrico Turnpike/Meadowbridge Road from the Henrico/Hanover county line to Azalea Avenue will be one-way southbound from about 1 p.m. until the race starts. Sections of Meadowbridge Road farther north in Hanover will continue to accommodate two-way northbound and southbound traffic at all times.
  • After the race, Laburnum Avenue from Carolina Avenue to Mechanicsville Turnpike will be one-way eastbound. Eastbound Laburnum Avenue from Richmond-Henrico Turnpike/Meadowbridge Road to Carolina Avenue will be closed until race traffic disperses. Two-way traffic will be maintained on Laburnum Avenue west of Richmond-Henrico Turnpike/Meadowbridge Road.
  • Beginning at about 10 p.m., Richmond-Henrico Turnpike/Meadowbridge Road north of Azalea Avenue will be one-way northbound to Atlee Road in Hanover County. Richmond-Henrico Turnpike/Meadowbridge Road will be restored to two-way traffic when race traffic disperses.
  • After the race, three lanes of Azalea Avenue from Richmond-Henrico Turnpike/Meadowbridge Road to Henrico High School will be routed westbound; one lane will be routed eastbound.  This change will require all median crossovers on Azalea Avenue from Richmond-Henrico Turnpike/Meadowbridge Road to Henrico High School to be closed from about 10 p.m. until race traffic disperses.  Police will assist motorists turning from Azalea Avenue onto Thrush Lane and Pony Farm Drive.
  • Median crossovers on Laburnum Avenue will be closed from North Avenue to Mechanicsville Turnpike, except at Alma Avenue, Pilots Lane and Austin Avenue. Only right turns will be permitted to and from Laburnum Avenue. Police will be at these intersections before and after the race to assist motorists turning onto or crossing Laburnum Avenue.
  • On-street parking on major routes to RIR will be prohibited each day. Parking will be available on Saturday at the Richmond Coliseum parking deck at 501 N. Seventh St. in downtown Richmond for a fee. Free shuttle bus service to and from RIR will begin at 2 p.m.

Click here for more information about traveling to the track and parking information.

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